AppSmash these 2 apps to create endless multimedia possibilities

With just 2 apps students can create books that come to life

Ed. note: This post is one in a series that will explore how to AppSmash with a core set of Evergreen Apps.

AppSmashing — the process of combining multiple apps to create new multimedia content — encourages more creative use of mobile devices and allows teachers to gain insights into student thinking and understanding. When students make their thinking visible through multimedia creation, they practice critical thinking and communication skills and demonstrate understanding of curriculum content.

Evergreen Apps are non-subject specific apps that can be used in a wide range of classrooms across varied grade levels and disciplines. An Evergreen App enables communication and expression in multiple ways, such as through handwriting, typing, audio, video, and animation.  An effective Evergreen App is not only flexible, it’s also intuitive. It’s the type of app that students can use quickly and easily.

This series of articles will provide opportunities to AppSmash with different media, such as audio, video, and images, as well as multimedia presentations, green-screen technology, stop-action animation, and more. The articles will focus on the ability of students to create multimedia content that showcases their learning through a performance or demonstration of understanding.

Two apps, many possibilities

Powerful Evergreen Apps strike a great balance between flexibility and ease of use, and Book Creator is deservedly recognized as one of the most versatile and intuitive Evergreen Apps available.

For use with an iPad as well as Android, and Windows devices, Book Creator facilitates the creation of multimedia books, reports, stories, and many other variations of written, visual, and audio communication. With Book Creator, students and teachers can easily incorporate handwriting, typing, shapes, voice, music, interactive images, and video. For instance, with Book Creator, students can record their voice directly into a page and, for instance, comment on the images, shapes, audio, or video on that particular page. Students can also insert video directly into a page and turn text and images into hyperlinks to Web content. The finished project can be exported and shared and students could combine their books. (A quick video tutorial is available online).

But while Book Creator has a wonderful of array of built-in tools, it cannot facilitate all creative multimedia possibilities by itself. Yet, one can easily smash content from other apps into a Book Creator project. One of the more popular apps to smash with Book Creator is Tellagami.

Next page: Lesson ideas when appsmashing

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